The business models and entrepreneurial talents of popular musicians have become an increasingly popular subject in many university classrooms. Mathew Knowles, father of singer Beyonce, recently announced that he plans to resume teaching his class on the ins and outs of the recording industry at Texas Southern University's School of Communication, reports the Huffington Post.
Knowles will cover several aspects of the business functions of the music industry, including marketing and radio promotion, merchandising, public relations, marketing and business affairs. Knowles graduated from Fisk University in 1974 with degrees in economics and business administration.
"Teaching and mentoring young adults is one of my passions," said Knowles, as quoted by the news source. "I am most impressed with their intellect and creative thinking abilities. I'm confident that my students will continue to develop into critical thinkers and will go on to be brilliant contributors to society."
Other schools offer classes on the business of entertainment. According to Fox News, Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., offers students the opportunity to examine the career path and business decisions of hip-hop performer Jay-Z.
If you're considering filling out a college application for a school offering such a program, make sure that you have a set of clearly defined career goals. Competition for positions in the entertainment industry is fierce, but can also be creatively and professionally satisfying.
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